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hi, we are taking the Amtrak to Penn station for our cruise getting there around 930 on a Sunday morning. I figured the best way to get to the cruise terminal will be by a taxi. Does any one have any better ideas? Uber? Walk? Subway? There will be 5 of us plus luggage for a 12 night cruise so we would need two cars. What is the approximate cost per taxi/Uber and how long will it take to drive there?

 

 

THank you for any info/tips/etc

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hi, we are taking the Amtrak to Penn station for our cruise getting there around 930 on a Sunday morning. I figured the best way to get to the cruise terminal will be by a taxi. Does any one have any better ideas? Uber? Walk? Subway? There will be 5 of us plus luggage for a 12 night cruise so we would need two cars. What is the approximate cost per taxi/Uber and how long will it take to drive there?

 

 

THank you for any info/tips/etc

 

There is a taxi stand located outside Penn Station. You get in line, they call you a cab from the street and you hop in. The ride should be around 10 minutes

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If they don't have a ton and a half of luggage (soft duffle totes, a bonus) - might even all fit into a Toyota Sienna mini-van taxi for the short ride over to MCT, we assume (since they mentioned walking) - 10 to 15 minutes, unless traffic is jammed around the pier with turnaround congestion.

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I was just in NY Penn Station yesterday in the Amtrak area. I saw two areas to get cabs. From the main Amtrak waiting area ( one level below the street) there were two exits to the street - one to 31st St and one to 33rd Street on 8th Ave where taxis were pulling up headed northbound on 8th Ave (this is the direction you want to go to head to the port). Many of the cabs I saw appeared to be small minivans. Unfortunately the escalators were under repair so it was necessary to take the 31st St exit to go up to the street level and the 33rd St entrance to get back down to the waiting area via escalator. Hopefully these repairs will be done soon.

 

Finding the drive through taxi pickup area in the middle of the enormous station was a bit more confusing. To access this area you had to head East in the station away from 8th Ave, take first set of escalators up to the street level, and keep going straight to what I believe is the "official" taxi stand for Penn Station. If you don't take these escalators up, you will miss the taxi stand completely and just keep walking through the concourse towards 7th Ave one level below the street.

 

I've traveled through NY Penn at various times all my life - just enough to know how it basically works plus some tricks for sneaking onto as yet unannounced trains to Boston. However, it is still confusing. Yesterday the Amtrak area rest rooms were under construction and I couldn't even easily find the alternates. IMO the easiest thing to do is to exit to 8th Ave to hail a cab.

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If you end up on 7th Ave do not fret. The cab makes a right on 31st and you are on your way. Also if you exit on 31st, there is a taxi stand there as well. If you have any questions when you get off the train ask someone. We won't bite.

 

The women's bathroom has been closed for at least the last 3 months.

 

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I can imagine Penn Station being confusing because the different levels hold different railways. I guess you can simply go to NJTransit waiting room or LIRR waiting room for restrooms. I know there is a cabstand on 8Th Avenue by Madison Square Garden entrance.

Also with the construction repair of tracks, tracks normally used are being switched around so you might find yourself departing the train that is not where you think you’ll be. Just follow the signs.

 

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We did a taxi from Penn Station to the cruise terminal about a month ago. I am slightly handicapped so we took the elector up to ground level and then out. We found the taxi stand very quickly and the ride to the terminal was about 15 minutes. (On a Sunday, it will be a lot quicker than that). Our fare was about $13. or so, but again, we spent time in traffic. As long as the guy doesn't take you by way of the Brooklyn Bridge, it isn't that expensive. Wait for a sort of mini van taxi and you all might get in one cab.

Cheers

Len

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I was just in NY Penn Station ... cabs I saw appeared to be small minivans ... IMO the easiest thing to do is to exit to 8th Ave to hail a cab.

 

Our fare was about $13. or so, but again, we spent time in traffic ... it isn't that expensive. Wait for a sort of mini van taxi and you all might get in one cab.

 

NYC's taxi fleet has been modernizing its approved fleet, include hybrids - SUV, including minivans (Toyota) that can fit 5 to 6 pax plus a reasonable # of luggage.

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There are also roomy & boxy Ford Transit & the bigger Nissan NV200 (rated up 120 cf of storage) - accessible friendly, although we haven't travel in one of these lately. These are good for 4 passengers (3+1 in front) and luggage, they Nissan looked like a minivan with excellent interior space but 5 + luggage won't fit, not to mention insurance regulations. Might have to wait a bit longer for a cruising & empty Toyota to pull up, or split into 2 taxi instead. Uber-X (or, whatever it's called with the oversized suburban SUV ... should do it, but it's priced accordingly & could be subject to surge pricing) & a longer wait.

 

Take a good look at the amount & size of the luggage as one of the deciding factors on the better options ... find the best way to exit for 8th Avenue, facing the uptown side toward the cruise terminal would eliminate going around the block & sitting in extra traffic lights.

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I will be leaving from Wilmington AMTRAK to Penn Station on April 23 (2019). I will need a taxi to the Norwegian Cruise Terminal and 

need to board around 1 pm. Is this information still valid?

Yellow cabs? What is the approximate cost for the drive now? 

I will be calling to make my AMTRAK reservation soon.

GL

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35 minutes ago, ginawech said:

I will be leaving from Wilmington AMTRAK to Penn Station on April 23 (2019). I will need a taxi to the Norwegian Cruise Terminal and 

need to board around 1 pm. Is this information still valid?

Yellow cabs? What is the approximate cost for the drive now? 

I will be calling to make my AMTRAK reservation soon.

GL

 

The Information about taxis is still valid. I'm not sure about the current status of any construction at Penn Station. Figure on $15 to $20 including tip. The fare will be dependent on traffic.

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Thanks. I booked a train that is scheduled to arrive at 10:45 and then I will have to wait to get

one checked bag. It's a Sunday. I am reading above. So it appears I leave Penn Station at 31st or 

33rd Street to find a taxi or an Uber?

GL

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I don't think you want to check a bag as it won't be on same train and subject to delay. Carry it on and get redcap help if necessary.

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According to the Amtrak website, the Acela and Northeast regional trains don’t offer checked luggage.

 

If you can’t manage your luggage, tell the conductor that you will need a red cap when you arrive at New York Penn Station.  The red cap will get you and all your stuff to the cab stand and you tip him for that service.  The Acela and Northeast regional trains lay over for 15-20 minutes at New York Penn, so there is plenty of time to get off without boarding passengers trying to get on.

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